Sarah Hoover (DMA ‘08, Voice), Associate Dean for Innovation, Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Community Initiatives, publishes her first book Music As Care: Artistry in the Hospital Environment on May 3, 2021.
Rosa Ponselle Distinguished Faculty Artist Denyce Graves is featured in Table Magazine and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for the Denyce Graves Foundation’s support for breaking down barriers to success for exceptionally talented singers of all backgrounds and for raising awareness and telling the story of the National Negro Opera House and its founding director, Mary Cardwell Dawson. National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) was a home for artists, musicians, and more, serving as a cultural touchpoint for Pittsburgh’s Black community starting in 1941.
Tia Price (MM ’14, Voice) is the first Director of the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition, which coordinates efforts to advance digital equity and close the digital divide in Baltimore.
Soprano Noelle McMurtry, a second-year DMA student of Ah Young Hong, has been selected to receive the Presser Foundation’s Graduate Music Award of $10,000 to support her research project, “Unearthing the Unpublished Lieder of Composer Luise Adolpha Le Beau.” As part of her work to challenge the gendered narratives that surround the creation of canon, McMurtry plans to focus her Doctoral thesis and lecture recital on Le Beau’s Lieder repertoire, much of which has never been studied or published. McMurtry hopes to discover the manuscripts of Le Beau’s unpublished Opuses by mining the German composer’s public archives, held in the Berlin State Library, the Bavarian State Library, and the Baden State Library Karlsruhe. In transcribing and performing these works at Peabody and other concert venues, she aims both to expose a wider audience to the breadth and beauty of Le Beau’s repertoire, and to reveal the gendered barriers which prevented Le Beau’s inclusion in the nineteenth-century Lieder canon.
IN Series selected Carl DuPont, assistant professor of voice, and Melissa Wimbish (GPD ’11, Voice; GPD ’14, Chamber Ensemble) to be a part of the premier cohort of the Cardwell Dawson Resident Artists Program, a two-year residency providing lead roles, voting seats on the IN Series board, and input on the vision of the company to singer-advocates of color.